Baked Fish in Parchment Paper
This delightful dish showcases the natural flavors of tender fish fillets infused with zesty lemon, aromatic parsley, and juicy cherry tomatoes, all enveloped in parchment paper parcels. With minimal effort and maximum flavor, this method of cooking ensures moist and perfectly cooked fish every time, making it an healthy recipe for effortless weeknight dinners or special occasions.You can use a variety of fish fillets for this recipe, including cod, salmon, halibut, sea bass, or any other firm-fleshed white fish. Choose a fish that is fresh and of high quality for the best results.
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- 4 fish fillets (such as cod, salmon, halibut, or sea bass)
- 1 lemon (thinly sliced)
- Handful of fresh parsley (chopped)
- Handful of cherry tomatoes (halved)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Extra virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
- Preheat the Oven: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Prepare Parchment Paper: Cut four pieces of parchment paper into squares large enough to fully enclose each fish fillet.
- Season Fish: Place each fish fillet on a piece of parchment paper. Season the fish with salt and pepper to taste.
- Layer Ingredients: Top each fish fillet with slices of lemon, chopped parsley, and halved cherry tomatoes. Feel free to add any kind of chopped vegetable (zucchini, carrot, onion).
- Wrap Parcels: Fold the parchment paper over the fish to create a parcel, then secure the edges by folding and crimping them tightly. Use kitchen twine or toothpicks to secure if needed.
- Bake: Place the parchment paper parcels on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
- Serve: Carefully open the parchment paper parcels and transfer the fish to serving plates. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and garnish with additional fresh parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.
- Ensure that the parchment paper parcels are tightly sealed to trap the steam and prevent the fish from drying out.
- Experiment with different herbs and seasonings to customize the flavor profile of the dish. Fresh dill, thyme, or basil are excellent alternatives to parsley.
- For added flavor, you can marinate the fish fillets in lemon juice and olive oil for 30 minutes before seasoning and baking.
- Be cautious when opening the parchment paper parcels, as hot steam will escape. Open them carefully to avoid burns.
- Serve Fish Baked in Parchment Paper with a side of roasted vegetables, such as asparagus, zucchini, or green beans, for a complete and balanced meal. Alternatively, a simple salad dressed with lemon vinaigrette pairs beautifully with the delicate flavors of the fish.